It is extremely important to understand that the Lord is on our side, regardless of the situation! Do not walk ahead if the Lord is not ahead of you!
I would like to bring a brief theme that touched my heart a lot! If you have also had a hard time understanding that the Lord is at your side or having a hard time staying in Christ, I think it’s important that we talk about it!
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During the past three weeks I confess that I was distant from God! I was trying to do things by my own strength, without letting God take over. Furthermore, I did most of them for myself and not to please and glorify God!
There came a moment that was sunk in myself. I didn’t understand what was going on, where I was supposed to go and what I was supposed to do! Why? Because I was trying to take everything in my hands and do more than I should, doing things that God showed me not to do and worst of all: I thought I was doing God’s will and doing things to please Him, when in fact, I was doing everything for myself.
Gradually the Lord started to open my eyes and show me where I was going and what I was doing! I was trying to deceive myself and dig a hole under my feet. Through people, praise, moments of prayer and reflection in the Word, the Lord showed me that it was not there that He wanted me! I heard His sweet and perfect voice telling me:
“Son, look at me again, come back to me! Stop running in a direction that I am not in. You need to understand that if you walk in a direction contrary to Mine, you will be lost. Alone you can do nothing, but when you truly give everything into my hands and let Me guide your heart, then you will be on the right path and you will feel true joy! “
This was essential and undoubtedly a moment that will remain in my mind forever!
The Lord is at our side!
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”John 14:26
Jesus shows us that he will not only be at our side, but will teach us to obey to what He has commanded us! This is essential for us, because by our own strength, we will never be able to obey the Lord, because we do not have understanding, discernment and wisdom. All these things come from the Lord!
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”Revelation 3:20
He calls us and is waiting for us, just answer! If we want to live with the Lord, have the real pleasure and to have eternal life by His side, we need to say yes to His call! Open the door when He knocks, Answer when He calls! But what do all these things mean? What would it be like to open the door, say yes and answer His call?
He leads us to change and transformation!
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”.”1 Peter 1: 13-16
All these things mean: be obedient, do everything according to God’s will and principles and in a way that pleases Him. Several times I tried to make up my sin, to look like I was not sinning, as for example: looking for a girlfriend since the Lord had already shown me that it was not time for this, but for disguise my mistake, look for a Christian woman. What is the use of looking for a Christian woman, if I was already walking in the wrong direction, against the will of God?
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”Revelation 3: 15-16
Unfortunately I have created a habit of lying to myself, to relieve my conscience of sin. Nonsense! The only way to get rid of sin is not to commit it and have a straight life with God! Looking at the cross of Christ, truly repenting my sins and giving my life into the hands of Christ! Walk with Him and live according to His commandments.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”James 4: 8
The Challenge remains:
I would like to leave a challenge for all of us this week! Let us pray for the sanctification of God’s peopleLet’s go together in this?
Grace and Peace!